I was just over at China Law blog, reading this article warning about future attempts of emails selling you “your” domain name. For China that is.
It seems that once ICANN starts accepting applications for domain names with non-Latin characters (i.e., Chinese):
This practice could get a further boost in China following the announcement in late October by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that domain names do not have to have Latin characters. No doubt Chinese domain peddlers are already preparing to register the established brand names of Chinese and foreign companies in Chinese characters.
Thus, if you are planning to venture the Chinese business world and would like to set up a website .cn buy as soon as possible, before it’s gone and you might start getting “sales pitch emails”.
As suggested on China Law blog do not respond to these emails, unless you want to buy the domain.
That I guess, it’s a whole other story.
New Year, new China.
Published in November by the State Intellectual Property Office of China, the document called the “National Patent Development Strategy (2011-2020)” is set to bring more innovation than imitation to China. This document, discusses broad economic objectives as well as specific targets to be attained by 2015.
China’s goal for annual patent filings by 2015 is two million. That number includes “utility-model patents,” which typically include items like engineering features in a product and are less ambitious than “invention patents.” In the American system, there are no utility patents.
The New York Times quotes Mr. Kappos, Director of the US Patent and Trademark office: “The leadership in China knows that innovation is its future, the key to higher living standards and long-term growth,” Mr. Kappos says. “They are doing everything they can to drive innovation, and China’s patent strategy is part of that broader plan.”
China intends to overcome the “stigma” associated with being known as the world’s cheapest workshop for assembling computer parts and producing counterfeit fashion products i.e. Italian high street clothes and bags.
China has the chance to bring innovative products and technologies to the world and is making the US worried.
Will China gives us the next Mark Zuckerberg?
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